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11 November 2019

This chipotle mashed sweet potatoes recipe is extra creamy and just a touch spicy, perfect for the holiday table or for anyone who loves sweet potatoes. An excellent side dish.

The holidays are coming up quickly, my friends, and that means family gatherings, friendly parties, and all sorts of happy get togethers that typically include wonderful meals. This time of year, you’ll find all sorts of seasonal ingredients on the menu. One of them is sweet potatoes.

YES!

You can find sweet potatoes in grocery stores most of the year, but their peak season is October through December, where you’ll find them much more common. The holidays demand sweet potatoes.

Two large Sweet Potatoes

About Sweet Potatoes – and Why We Love Them So Much

Sweet potatoes are starchy root vegetables valued for their carrot-like flavor. They may look similar to regular potatoes on the outside, but inside is an orange-colored flesh that differs in flavor and nutrition. As the name suggests, sweet potatoes are slightly sweet, which is typically emphasized in many recipes with maple syrup, honey, or brown sugar.

While I do enjoy their sweetness personally, I enjoy pairing them with other, more savory, flavors, as you will see.

There are a number of ways to make them, but one of my favorite ways is to mash them, very similar to making mashed potatoes. Most people make mashed sweet potatoes sweeter by adding more sweet elements, but for me, a perfect addition is chipotles in adobo sauce.

So delicious. It’s a great flavor combination.

Let’s talk about how we make my chipotle mashed sweet potatoes recipe, shall we?

Chipotle Mashed Sweet Potatoes, ready to serve

Ingredients Needed to Make Chipotle Mashed Sweet Potatoes

  • 2 large sweet potatoes (about 2 pounds)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 3.5 ounces chipotles in adobo (1/2 a can – save the rest)
  • 2-4 tablespoons crema or sour cream (depending on how creamy you want them)
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste

How to Make Creamy Chipotle Mashed Sweet Potatoes – the Recipe Method

First, peel and rinse the sweet potatoes, then chop them into small cubes.

Set them into a pot and cover them with water. Add a teaspoon of salt. Boil the sweet potatoes until the potatoes are tender, about 10 minutes. You should be able to easily pierce them with a fork. Drain the potatoes. I use a colander.

Boiled sweet potatoes in a collander

Add the sweet potatoes to a large bowl and add the butter, chipotles in adobo, crema or sour cream, garlic powder, and salt and pepper to taste.

Boiled sweet potatoes in a pot with chipotles, crema, butter and seasonings, ready to mash

Mash the mixture with a potato masher or large fork to mash the potatoes, or use a hand mixer for smoother mashed potatoes.

Mashing my sweet potatoes with chipotles and more

Serve them up! Looks wonderful, doesn’t it? Mouthwatering! SO good with the chipotle flavor. Chipotles pretty much rule.

That’s it, my friends! I hope you enjoy my chipotle mashed sweet potatoes recipe. Just the right touch of spiciness. Serve it up for your next holiday meal. I hope everyone loves it! Enjoy.

Chipotle Mashed Sweet Potatoes in a bowl, topped with chili flakes and olive oil

Boom! Done! Pretty easy to make, right? Easy is great! It’s such a great recipe, the perfect holiday side dish, or basically for anyone who loves sweet potatoes with a bit of a spin. I like the spicy spin! Shocker, I know.

Recipe Tips & Notes

  • Scale It Up. You can very easily double or even triple the amounts of ingredients here to make a larger batch, for a holiday gathering, perhaps. Or just because you’re hungry!
  • Chipotles. You can also easily adjust up or down the amount of chipotles in adobe you’re using. I used 3.5 ounces in this recipe, which is half a can of what you can normally find in the store. However, you can use the whole can for a more pronounced chipotle flavor.
  • Creaminess. I used Mexican crema in my recipe, but you can also use sour cream, yogurt, quark, heavy cream or milk. Adjust to your own preferred creaminess level.
  • Sweet It Up. If you’re looking for a more traditional mashed sweet potato recipe, use the exact same method above, but replace the chipotle with sweeter elements, like brown sugar, maple syrup, or honey. I’ll keep the chipotle, thank you!

Chipotle Mashed Sweet Potatoes in a bowl, ready to serve

That’s it, my friends! I hope you enjoy my chipotle mashed sweet potatoes recipe! Serve it up alongside the holiday turkey or a nice glazed ham. It’s such a great side dish.

Try Some of My Other Popular Side Dish Recipes

Serve it alongside my Chipotle-Honey Baked Ham recipe! Perfect pairing!

Chipotle Mashed Sweet Potatoes in a bowl

Got any questions? Ask away! I’m happy to help. If you enjoy this recipe, I hope you’ll leave a comment with some STARS. Also, please share it on social media. Don’t forget to tag us at #ChiliPepperMadness. I’ll be sure to share! Thanks! — Mike H.

Chipotle Mashed Sweet Potatoes Recipe
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
 
This chipotle mashed sweet potatoes recipe is extra creamy and just a touch spicy, perfect for the holiday table or for anyone who loves sweet potatoes. An excellent side dish.
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: holiday, recipe, side dish, spicy, sweet potato
Servings: 8
Calories: 141 kcal
Author: Mike Hultquist
Ingredients
  • 2 large sweet potatoes about 2 pounds
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 3.5 ounces chipotles in adobo 1/2 a can – save the rest
  • 2-4 tablespoons crema or sour cream depending on how creamy you want them
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Peel and rinse the sweet potatoes, then chop them into small cubes.
  2. Set them into a pot and cover them with water. Add a teaspoon of salt. Boil the sweet potatoes until they are fork tender, about 10 minutes. Drain.
  3. Add the sweet potatoes to a large bowl and add the butter, chipotles in adobo, crema or sour cream, garlic powder, and salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Mash the mixture with a potato masher or large fork to mash the potatoes, or use a hand mixer for smoother mashed potatoes.
  5. Serve!
Recipe Notes

NOTE: Serves 4-6 people.
I like to drizzle mine with a bit of olive oil and spicy chili flakes.
Heat Factor: Medium. You’ll get some good zing from the chipotles in adobo. For milder mashed sweet potatoes, cut the chipotles in adobo in half. For spicier, incorporate a spicy chili powder to the mix, like cayenne pepper.
You can easily double this recipe by doubling all of the ingredients.

Nutrition Facts
Chipotle Mashed Sweet Potatoes Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 141 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Cholesterol 10mg3%
Sodium 261mg11%
Potassium 394mg11%
Carbohydrates 26g9%
Fiber 5g20%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 16812IU336%
Vitamin C 3mg4%
Calcium 40mg4%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Chipotle Mashed Sweet Potatoes - This chipotle mashed sweet potatoes recipe is extra creamy and just a touch spicy, perfect for the holiday table or for anyone who loves sweet potatoes. An excellent side dish. #SideDish #SweetPotatoes

4 comments

  1. charles graham

    Ok, This looks good, I make something like it only I steam the spuds in a pressure cooker and use regular chilli powder. Your dish would be better I think. A guy in China rides a bicycle to work is 108? and all he eats is sweet potatoes.

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Thanks, Charles. Yours sounds great as well. Your story is inspiring me to eat more sweet potatoes!

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